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Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Tantalizing Sewage - #4296
It looked so inviting. It was so dirty - and potentially so damaging. Just like so many of the temptations that beckon to you and me, almost daily, it seems. And that's why so many have ended up in the middle of something that looked good but has left them polluted, scarred, ashamed.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Full Speed Ahead in the Wrong Direction - #4298
I hate to say it, but I think I've done that with God sometimes. Probably you have, too. God has some stern words for those of us who tend to be pretty strong-willed, determined-to-get-there kind of people. Being determined, goal-oriented, full of drive can be a great, even God-given, thing. But it's all too easy for us to go darting out of the driveway and proceeding full speed ahead in the wrong direction.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Daisy Chains - #4773
You're so immersed in your work, your family, your activities, even your church that you're missing the reason God has placed you where you are - to help some of the folks there be in heaven with you some day! To be sure, God must draw them to Himself, but His chosen deliverer of how to know Him is you. He won't be sending an angel to tell them what Jesus did for them on the cross. He's left that with you. You're their chance.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - The Power of a Satisfied Customer - #4802
Many of us would like to leave it to someone who can do it better - like a pastor or evangelist. The problem is that in our world today, those folks are perceived as professional God-salesmen - which most lost folks aren't interested in. But then, God's strategy never has been to leave spiritual rescuing just to His professional lifeguards. He works through the everyday believers; His satisfied customers.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Laser Living - #4721
Take a timeout to hear from your Father, like Jesus did. Let Him give you His passion for His priorities for your living, for your giving, and for your energy. If you've been too spread out over too many things, you're probably not making much of a difference in any of those things. What's diffused just doesn't make much impact.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - A Man's Lasting Legacy - #4100
I guess standing at my father's grave after all these years was sort of a values clarification reminder for me - and maybe for you. My dad held many titles in his life - he was chairman of our church board, he was chairman of the board of a youth ministry, foreman, plant manager. But other people held those titles before him and after him. He's the only husband my Mom ever had. He's the only father I ever had. His tombstone honors him accurately - it's what he did as a husband and a father that is the most lasting legacy of his life. That's something for any man to consider.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Stuffed With Junk - #4118
You've got to wonder what God sees when He looks down on the contents of our life. The "top" is always off as far as His view of us is concerned. He sees directly into our heart, our motives, our every thought. And all too often, our life and our heart are cluttered with "stuff" ... things we've filled our life with that are simply unnecessary to Him, useless to Him - actually limiting our usefulness to Him.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Cherish While There's Time - #4121
The experience of Rich's family is just another reminder that we need to cherish those we love while we can. We never know which hug will be the last hug, which "I love you" the last one, which "goodbye" the final goodbye. Now, the point of remembering that is not to be maudlin or to be anxious all the time. Our times are in God's hands, so they're in good hands. But it is important to realize that life is short at best, and we need to live in such a way that we do all those "I wish I had's" while we can still do them.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Milestones and Manure - #4122
There's a passage of scripture I've been familiar with most of my life that has recently taken on a graphic new meaning to me. Because, in a very real way, it's about manure. I know this is a strange subject for a Christian discussion, but tell that to the Apostle Paul. He's the one who used the analogy.
Ron Hutchcraft Ministries - Heightened Alert - #4126
In other words, when it comes to your very real spiritual enemy who would love to bring you down, be alert - and be defiant. Years ago, C. S. Lewis suggested that there are two extremes when it comes to our attitude toward the devil - ignoring him or being too curious about him. Lewis suggested that either attitude is one that your enemy can find very useful. Ignorance allows the devil to have his way in your life because you don't realize who's doing it or how he works. But, undue curiosity about the devil gives him a means of actually drawing you in his direction.